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Cardinal Lory birds

Cardinal Lory Bird Species
Cardinal Lory Stats
Scientific Name:  Chalcopsitta cardinalis
Size:  12 inches
Native Region:  Solomon Islands
Life Expectancy:  25 to 35 years
Noise Level:  Loud
Talk/Trick Ability:  Very good



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Cardinal Lory Species Profile
Traits:  Cardinal lories are active, entertaining, intelligent birds that need to be given a lot of space in which to use their energy. Because they are playful by nature, everything is a toy to them, so provide cardinal lories with safe pet bird toys and materials to chew and play with. Although they are not commonly kept as pet birds because of their endangered status, pet cardinal lories are known to be affectionate.

Behavior/Health Concerns:  In the wild, cardinal lories feed on nectar, flowers, fruits, pollen and seeds. Nectar is a critical part of their diet in the wild and be provided when cardinal lories are kept as pet. Talk with your avian veterinarian on the best diet for your cardinal lory. They can squirt waste matter behind them and because their diets contain nectar, the fairly liquid-like waste can make the surrounding area near the cage dirty. Easy-to-cleans surfaces around the pet bird cage or aviary, or an area where waste can be easily hosed off, are good pet bird housing options.

Expert Advice
"Lories need special diets to avoid iron issues."

Kitty Remington, DVM, Dipl. ABVP-Avian Practice, Killearn Animal Hospital and Northampton Animal Health Clinic, Tallahassee, Fla.
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